Harpist-composer Leslie McMichael creates expressive new music for the 1916 movie, “Snow White.” COURTESY PHOTO

Harpist-composer Leslie McMichael creates expressive new music for the 1916 movie, “Snow White.” COURTESY PHOTO

Historic ‘Snow White’ film – accompanied live by harp and viola score – to benefit KYFS

May 11 screening of 1916 film is part of Chancel Arts Series in downtown Kent

  • Wednesday, May 1, 2019 11:18am
  • Life

Harpist-composer Leslie McMichael brings the long-lost silent film. “Snow White,” back to the silver screen with live musical accompaniment on Saturday, May 11 at the Chancel Arts Series in downtown Kent.

The screening of the 1916 film is presented at the Gathering Place at Kent Lutheran Church, 336 Second Avenue S., and is a benefit for Kent Youth and Family Services.

The afternoon festivities kick off with a tea party at 3, and the rarely seen film will be presented at 4 p.m. McMichael will accompany the classic film live on the concert harp, and her original score also features Barbara McMichael on viola.

Northwest Film Forum commissioned McMichael to compose a new score for “Snow White” in 2016, and the 100-year-old film and McMichael’s live music premiered at opening night of Children’s Film Festival Seattle that year. Since then, the old film and new live score have been presented at other Northwest arts venues, and a U.S. tour is planned for later this year.

Elizabeth Shepherd, director of children’s programming for Northwest Film Forum, said, “Leslie’s score, filled with cleverly repeating themes and stunning interludes, breathes new life into this film from the dawn of cinema.”

And McMichael says, “It’s thrilling to play live and pair the visuals of film with my music. With every performance, we get to use our instruments to underscore the expressive acting so typical of the silent era – very fun.”

For tickets to the benefit, visit Eventbrite, or call 253-852-2057.

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